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Gretsch at Winter Namm 2005

Gretsch at Winter Namm 2005

Anaheim, CA January ’05

With approximately 80,000 registrants, this year’s NAMM Show broke attendance records for the second straight year. 1,428 exhibiting companies gathered from over 90 countries. Musical products from around the globe were showcased for all to see, play, and buy.

The Gretsch Company enjoyed its annual visit to sunny southern California as one of the more historic registrants at this year’s 103rd NAMM. With 3 booth locales, Gretsch exhibited their much sought after guitars, drums, and trademark merchandise in celebration of “That Great Gretsch Sound.”

Gretsch booth #3540 had displays and information on Bigsby®, Leedy®, and Sho~Bud® products. The complete Bigsby systems were out for all to appreciate and learn what model vibrato goes on which guitar. More information can now be found at the website: Check out the imager section to see how a Bigsby will look on your favorite guitar.

The newly re-issued Leedy snares were in the main booth for dealers looking to carry these exclusive drums. Manufactured at the Leedy factory in South Carolina, the new Leedy drums offer many of the same features that made them so desirable in the past. Details on the new Leedy can be found at

Gretsch Guitars were stationed upstairs at booth #207. A constant buzz was about as the new models were revealed. Among the historic instruments, hung a few custom painted gems that really wowed the crowd. The newest addition to the Gretsch line are 3 brand new, all tube, all point to point wired, all cool… Gretsch Amps. These quality kickers got the look and perfect sound to complete your pure tone dreams. NICE! Check your dealer for pricing and availability.

There were no less than 12 sets of Gretsch Drums on display from the Gretsch USA custom shop. The very popular Catalina and Blackhawk series with EX finishes caught the eyes and ears of many on the floor, as did the classic chrome over brass and curly maple snares. For the purists however, Gretsch has unveiled the Renown Purewood. Based on the Renown Maple Series, these new sets feature 100% Walnut or 100% Cherry Shells in gloss UV finishes. And the sound… all Great.

As always, plenty of Gretsch Gear apparel and accessory merchandise was on hand for dealers and distributors. New Gretsch field bags were of particular interest. Folks couldn’t resist ordering these all canvas, functional bags. Perfect for tooling around the NAMM floor. Limited dealer crates were ready just in time for the show. A complete line of clothing and collectibles is only available from

Once again The Gretsch Company enjoyed a successful show with an ever growing popularity as more top artists are choosing Gretsch. The legacy continues…